Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Should I Take a Daily Aspirin?

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 10:00 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Should I take a daily baby aspirin? My doctor says it’s not recommended unless you have a heart condition.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Taking one baby aspirin daily is a sensible prevention strategy for those who may be at risk for stroke or heart attack. Generally this is not recommended until over the age of 40 or 45 years of age.
 
I would not want to wait for a heart condition to develop before taking a daily aspirin. But some patients should not use aspirin, so I do recommend you seek the approval of your physician first, and understand the potential harms and benefits before you start this. 

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